What is Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) ?
Femoroacetabular impingement, commonly referred to as FAI, is a condition of the hip joint caused by a misalignment in the bony structures that make up the hip. The friction from FAI between these bones causes inflammation, stiffness, and pain. Fortunately, several treatments are available for FAI, including therapies designed by your Chiropractic team.
The following explains how we can help treat femoroacetabular impingement.
Femoroacetabular impingement occurs when the two primary hip joint bones—the femur (thigh bone) and the acetabulum (hip socket)—are not properly aligned. This misalignment can cause friction between these two bones, leading to damage over time.
Common symptoms of FAI include pain in the groin or buttocks area, decreased range of motion in the hips, stiffness in the hips or thighs, and difficulty standing after sitting for prolonged periods.
The original cause of FAI is a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some researchers believe that the risk of FAI is increased by significant athletic activity before a child’s bones mature and that contact sports may worsen hip impingement. FAI is more commonly seen in men who have lived athletic lives since childhood.
Once FAI has become a factor in your health, it is not reversible. However, with appropriate and early treatment, you can slow the progression of this painful condition.
How Can Chiropractic Help?
Chiropractors specialize in treating musculoskeletal conditions like FAI through spinal adjustments and soft tissue treatment. Through these methods, we can help to reduce inflammation and restore proper alignment. The result is an improved range of motion and reduced pain caused by femoroacetabular impingement. In addition to spinal adjustments and soft tissue treatments, we may also recommend lifestyle changes, including diet modifications or exercise routines that can help alleviate symptoms associated with FAI.
FAI is a Painful but Treatable Condition, Not to Worry!
Femoroacetabular Impingement is painful; however, it is treatable with proper Chiropractic care. Chiropractic care effectively reduces inflammation caused by this condition while restoring proper alignment to improve the range of motion and reduce associated pain.
If you think you may have femoroacetabular impingement, give us a call to set up a Chiropractic spinal examination.
What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a spinal condition caused by the narrowing of the spaces within your spine that lend to a safe passageway for your spinal cord. The effects of spinal stenosis lead to compression of the nerve roots. This can cause numbness, pain, and weakness in your neck, legs, or arms. In some more complicated cases, it can even make it difficult to stand or walk for extended periods of time.
The good news is a Chiropractor can help alleviate many of the symptoms associated with spinal stenosis. The following explains what spinal stenosis is and how Chiropractors like myself can help treat it.
What is the Cause of Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is generally caused by age-related wear and tear on the spine, leading to degeneration over time. These age-related conditions include arthritis, herniated discs, bone spurs, or thickened ligaments that compress the nerves in the spinal column. Spinal stenosis occurs most commonly among those over 50 years old but can also appear in younger individuals. It’s also more likely to occur in people who have had back surgery or who are genetically predisposed to this condition. If there are people in your family who have experienced spinal stenosis, there is a chance you may experience the same.
How Can Chiropractic Help?
Chiropractic care is one of the best ways to treat spinal stenosis because it focuses on relieving pressure on the nerves while improving your spine’s mobility and flexibility. Spinal adjustments help improve your range of motion and reduce pain while helping you strengthen your core muscles with stretching and strengthening exercises. We may also recommend lifestyle changes such as losing weight (if necessary) to further reduce stress on your spine. Additionally, we will advise you on proper posture techniques to minimize the strain on your back, particularly while standing or sitting down for prolonged periods.
Spinal stenosis is an uncomfortable and sometimes painful condition that affects tens of thousands. Still, it does not have to be debilitating. With Chiropractic care, you can find relief from your symptoms without resorting to medications or surgery.
Recent Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis
If you have been recently diagnosed through imaging with spinal stenosis, reach out to us and set up a time for us to investigate how we can help you reduce the adverse effects. And, while there is no cure for spinal stenosis, you can undoubtedly remain ahead of symptoms and prevent further pain.